The best smartwatches for Android range greatly in terms of style, price and functionality. In other words, there’s something for everyone.
Whether you have a handset from Samsung, Google or OnePlus, or any of the best Android phones, you’ll want to consider the smartwatches below. Some are optimized to work with specific smartphones, but all are among the best smartwatches for Android you can buy now.
Not all of the best smartwatches for Android are made the same, though. Some are sophisticated fitness trackers, while others are designed to make the ultimate fashion statement. A few of these smartwatches even support LTE, so you can communicate from your wrist untethered from your smartphone.
What are the best smartwatches for Android?
We’ve tested dozens of Android-compatible smartwatches in all shapes, sizes and prices here at Tom’s Guide, and our current top pick is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. It offers a versatile design, complete with a sporty-looking model starting at $249.99 and an elevated ‘Classic’ model version starting at $349.99. The Galaxy Watch 4 is notably the first smartwatch with the new unified version of Wear OS, called Wear OS 3. However, you’ll need a Samsung smartphone to use all its features.
What about Fossil smartwatches?
Note there aren’t any Fossil smartwatches on this list. We’re waiting to test the Fossil Gen 6, which is technically available now, but worth waiting for until it gets the new Wear OS in 2022.
The $299.95 Fitbit Sense, another excellent premium smartwatch for Android, is a close second. Of course, Fitbit is owned by Google, so future launches should also run Wear OS based on what both companies have said. But for now, the Sense is built on Fitbit’s reliable platform complete with popular apps and voice assistants. The Fitbit Sense provides the most holistic look at your health of any of the best smartwatches we’ve ever used.
For about $100 less, you can get the Fitbit Versa 3 instead. It launched at the same time as the Fitbit Sense, and gets the same 6-day battery life along with a capable collection of fitness tracking features. There are a few even more budget-friendly smartwatches for Android, so read on for all our recommendations.
The best smartwatches you can buy today
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is our top choice among the best smartwatches for Android. Samsung ditched the ‘Active’ branding for its latest lineup, instead pitching a sporty-looking Galaxy Watch 4 as the company’s flagship and a ‘Classic’ version that carries on the luxurious characteristics like the physical rotating bezel.
Thanks to a 3-in-1 health sensor, the Galaxy Watch 4 measures heart rate, takes ECGs and reads body composition. And while it gets appealing Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Wear OS features, it still pays homage to Tizen, making it the ideal accessory for the best Samsung phones. In fact, a number of features are exclusive to Samsung phones, like ECG and blood pressure monitoring if you’re in a country it’s available. Otherwise, the one Galaxy Watch 4 setback is inconsistent battery life, but as long as you don’t mind a daily charge, you’ll benefit from on-board GPS, an always-on display, excellent sleep tracking and more.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review.
The Fitbit Sense is the company’s most ambitious smartwatch yet. It comes with more advanced health and wellness features than any of the best Android smartwatches. Not only does it have an FDA-approved ECG sensor and blood oxygen reading, but the Sense has the ability to measure electrodermal activity and skin temperature, too.
Aside from it being a premium health tracking device, the Sense can answer and make phone calls when tethered to your Android phone. It also has on-board GPS, a native app store, Alexa, Google Assistant and other tools you’ll find useful on your wrist. The Google-owned Fitbit isn’t just a brand with products for tracking our steps: Fitbit devices like the Fitbit Sense show what it means to take a holistic look at our health.
Read our full Fitbit Sense review.
The best smartwatch for Android for those interested in advanced sleep tracking is the Fitbit Versa 3, the next-generation of the popular Fitbit Versa 2. The Versa 3’s standout upgrade is on-board GPS. Even when you leave your phone at home, the Versa can track your location during outdoor exercise. A curvier, larger display is welcome, too.
Plus the Versa 3 has gained a great motivational workout feature, Active Zone Minutes. Introduced with the Fitbit Charge 4 and now a staple of Fitbit devices, Active Zone Minutes monitors the time you spend in the fat burn, cardio or peak heart-rate zones while exercising. Your goal is to earn the AHA’s and WHO’s recommended 150 Active Zone Minutes each week. Again you can use your Fitbit Versa 3 for phone calls and speak to voice assistants for queries, but note you can only enable one voice assistant at once. Torn between the Sense and Versa? See our Fitbit Sense vs. Fitbit Versa 3 face-off.
Read our full Fitbit Versa 3 review.
With an accurate GPS, a long-lasting battery, and the ability to track many types of workouts, the Garmin Forerunner 245 is one of the best sports watches. When synced with your Android phone, the Forerunner 245 can send (or cancel) emergency notifications at the push of a button, so you’ll have peace of mind wherever your next workout takes you.
The Garmin Forerunner 245 is small and light, so it won’t weigh down your wrist during runs or feel uncomfortable during everyday wear or while you’re sleeping. And it gets the same fitness metrics as Garmin’s latest higher-end GPS watches: Training Status to track progress, Training Load to see workouts over a seven-day period, and Training Effect to measure anaerobic and aerobic. It also supports sleep, stress, blood oxygen saturation, and menstrual cycle tracking. Garmin even offers a Forerunner 245 Music edition, which comes with onboard storage for up to 500 songs and syncs with Spotify and Deezer accounts.
Read our full Garmin Forerunner 245 review.
Though it’s been replaced by the Galaxy Watch 4, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is still available to purchase and remains one of the most stylish smartwatches around. It’s available in two sizes, as well as in LTE variants, so you can leave your Android smartphone at home. The Galaxy Watch 3’s rotating bezel makes navigating the watch’s interface easy, while access to thousands of watch faces lets you customize the display to your…
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